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May 05, 2020 by SBCTC Communications

System News | Opinion

WVC campuses closed through end of May

Wenatchee Valley College has extended the closure for both the main and Omak campuses through May 31st. According to the school, the process of reopening campus is expected to be gradual, and will happen in accordance with the governor’s plan to open businesses in phases. The residence hall does remain open, but social distancing measures are being implemented.
560 KPQ, May 4, 2020

Financial aid from the stimulus bill is on the way for college students hit by coronavirus, but some are getting left out

... Twenty-four hours after Bellevue College opened up applications to students for emergency funding, the office had been flooded with requests from 600 students, said Brenda Ivelisse, associate vice president of student affairs. ... Washington’s 34 community and technical schools educated about 363,000 students in 2018-19, but the full-time equivalent was about 170,000 students because so many go to school part-time. Washington’s public four-year universities and college educated about 150,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
The Seattle Times, May 4, 2020

Wenatchee Valley College graduations will be virtual

Wenatchee Valley College announced commencement ceremonies for both campuses will take place online this year due to COVID-19 safety concerns. The virtual graduation ceremonies will feature students and speakers as well as photos and videos. WVC will be using Zoom as the platform for the ceremonies. Students set to graduate in 2020 are also invited to walk at the in person ceremony in 2021.
560 KPQ, May 3, 2020

TCC to begin distribution of CARES Act funds to students

Tacoma Community College (TCC) will receive $3,835,874 from the Federal Government as a result of the CARES Act, which is disbursing emergency aid to help colleges and other organizations across the country deal with financial concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The first half of the funding has arrived this week. As stipulated by the CARES Act, the initial payment of almost $2 million will be distributed directly to students, who will be able to apply for funds starting the week of May 4.
The Suburban Times, May 3, 2020

Bellevue College interim president finalists detail how they’ll guide college out of crisis

In all-campus Zoom meetings this week, the three finalists for Bellevue College interim president were asked several questions with a theme: Bellevue College is in a crisis, both internally and externally. The internal crisis referred to the defacement of a mural in February, a controversy that led to the resignations of both the college’s president and one of its vice presidents. The external crisis is the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the Eastside school to hold remote courses for its 29,000 students for the remainder of the academic year.
The Seattle Times, May 2, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 case at CBC

Message from the president of CBC: Hello Students - Columbia Basin College has received confirmation that one of our employees has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last on the CBC Pasco campus on Friday, April 24, while they were providing essential services. They have been home in self-quarantine since then. Their on-campus contacts were limited as classes were moved online on March 17 with the majority of employees, services and functions operating remotely since that time.
NBC Right Now, May 1, 2020

Community Foundation fund seeks to ease college budgets

... Clark College Foundation Chief Advancement Officer Joel B. Munson said the two grants from the COVID Response Fund will provide relief specifically for students who are ineligible for CARES Act support, including some of the college’s underrepresented, low-income and first-generation students. ... Lower Columbia College (LCC) also received a COVID Response Fund grant for its Student Success Fund, which supports all basic needs, including childcare costs, the foundation said.
The Reflector, May 1, 2020

Centralia College president says biggest concerns include budget cuts, enrollment in virtual town hall

At a virtual town hall Wednesday afternoon, Centralia College President Dr. Bob Mohrbacher gave an update on the happenings at the college and answered questions from faculty and students, including questions about graduation, state funding, and the upcoming summer and fall quarters. Mohrbacher gave an update to the 55 meeting attendees about receiving CARES Act funding— funding directed to universities to help students who need assistance paying for their education after feeling the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Daily Chronicle, April 30, 2020

I put people on mechanical ventilators. Here's what I've seen

Voices of the Pandemic features people in the Seattle area on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Scott Mahoney is a respiratory therapist, in a Seattle area hospital. Part of his job is to put people on ventilators. He also teaches clinical education at Seattle Central College, and is a director of the Respiratory Care program there.
KUOW, April 29, 2020

Trends | Horizons | Education

6 ways college might look different in the fall

What will happen on college campuses in the fall? It's a big question for families, students and the schools themselves. A lot of what happens depends on factors outside the control of individual schools: Will there be more testing? Contact tracing? Enough physical space for distancing? Will the coronavirus have a second wave? Will any given state allow campuses to reopen? For all of these questions, it's really too early to know the answers. But one thing is clear: Life, and learning for the nation's 20 million students in higher education, will be different.
NPR, May 5, 2020

Coronavirus fears may lead to big gap year for college students

... Get ready for what early indications suggest could be the biggest gap year ever. Roughly one in six high school seniors say they definitely or most likely will change their plans to attend college in the fall because of the coronavirus, according to a survey of 1,171 students conducted April 21 through 24 by the higher education market research firm Art&Science Group. Of those, 16 percent say they will take a gap year.
PBS News Hour, May 5, 2020

The 'right not to work'

As colleges and universities agonize over whether students will return in the fall, either to campus or online, they’re making a big assumption: that faculty members will show up to teach. The expectation isn’t ill founded. Faculty jobs, especially the good ones, were hard to come by even before hundreds of institutions announced pandemic-related hiring freezes. No one wants to be out of a job right now. But no one wants to get sick, either.
Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2020

Global connections: CTE in a global economy

Community colleges have played a historic and vital role in creating and growing the American middle class. They have well-earned the title of “America’s Colleges.” Given their prominent history, some predict that community college enrollment will surge as the American economy begins to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and companies seize the opportunity to reinvent themselves in a new and emerging business environment.
Community College Daily, May 4, 2020

BOGO sale at your local community college

A buy one, get one free sign is something people expect to see in a suburban mall. Not so much at a community college. But such deals and discounts are popping up more and more as colleges strive to address issues of equity -- and enrollment -- caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. "Most people are suffering economically," said Mary Graham, president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. "So let’s offer them a really great deal that they can’t pass up to finish their education."
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2020

Politics | Local, State, National

Does the stimulus package really exclude DACA students?

As U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has taken heat for ruling that undocumented college students brought to the country as children aren’t eligible for emergency student grants in the CARES Act, she has insisted she had no choice. Congress, DeVos has said repeatedly, made it clear in the March stimulus package that only those students eligible for federal student aid could get the grants.
Inside Higher Ed, May 4, 2020

Washington watch: A look at the various CARES Act funding streams

The U.S Education Department (ED) on Thursday released CARES Act institutional funding for Titles III and V of the Higher Education Act. At the same time, it allocated the bill’s institutional funding through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).  ...  The release of these monies caught many community college campuses by surprise; they have been overwhelmingly focused on using the student and institutional portions of the CARES Act formula grants. (ED is expected to release imminently yet more guidance in this area.)
Community College Daily, May, 4, 2020

DeVos makes $1.4 billion available for minority-serving institutions

The U.S. Department of Education announced it is making available nearly $1.4 billion Congress set aside in the CARES Act for minority-serving institutions, including historically black colleges and tribal colleges. The department also released a spreadsheet detailing out how much institutions will receive, with North Carolina A & T State University receiving the most, $18 million.
Inside Higher Ed, May 1, 2020

Washington watch: House bill includes $2B community college program

House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott on Friday introduced the Relaunching America’s Workforce Act (RAWA), which would authorize $15 billion for several workforce development programs and provides them with additional flexibility to address the pandemic. ... Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington) plans to introduce companion legislation in the Senate.
Community College Daily, May 1, 2020

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